Profiling Every GM Ahead of the 2015 NFL Draft

Russell S. Baxter@@BaxFootballGuruContributor IMarch 23, 2015

Profiling Every GM Ahead of the 2015 NFL Draft

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    Jerry Jones was named 2014 NFL Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association.
    Jerry Jones was named 2014 NFL Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association.Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    In a little over a month, millions of amateur general managers, player personnel directors and scouts will spend three days analyzing and agonizing over the picks made by the 32 teams in the 2015 NFL draft.

    Of course, that’s their problem.

    What about the men who actually have to make the selection for their respective franchises? There’s an art to doing what these talent evaluators do, and like any profession, some are masters at their craft and others are still learning the ropes.

    So we present a bit of a thumbnail sketch for each of the 32 general managers in the NFL. In some cases, they don’t even own the official title, but you will get the picture, as every franchise is run differently.

    We will look at these men’s backgrounds in the league as well as their current club’s win-loss record under their guidance. We will also give you a little taste of these gentlemen’s biggest success stories as well as some of their failures when it comes to picking players, at least in our opinion. The main focus here will be on that man’s work with the current franchise, with a few exceptions.

    We’ll follow all that up with a look at some trends and/or a little history when it comes to either the general manager or the team.

    We hope you enjoy this brief peek behind the curtain with the draft less than 40 days away.

Arizona Cardinals: Steve Keim

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    Name/Title: Steve Keim, General Manager

    Team: Arizona Cardinals

    Background: Keim joined the Cardinals organization in May of 1999 as a college scout and worked his way up the ranks. He was promoted to general manager on Jan. 8, 2013, and has overseen the team’s last two drafts.

    Team Record as GM: 21-11

    Biggest Draft Hits: S Tyrann Mathieu, RB Andre Ellington, WR John Brown

    Huge Swing and Miss: G Jonathan Cooper

    Draft Trends: In two years at the helm, Keim has drafted 16 players, with 10 of those picks on the offensive side of the ball. Given the Cardinals’ free-agent haul this offseason on defense, look for Keim to lean offense once again this spring.

Atlanta Falcons: Thomas Dimitroff

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    Name/Title: Thomas Dimitroff, General Manager

    Team: Atlanta Falcons

    Background: Dimitroff’s previous stops in the league include stints with the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns. He served as Director of College Scouting for the New England Patriots for five years (2003-07) before being hired by the Falcons in 2008.

    Team Record as GM: 66-46

    Biggest Draft Hits: QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, S William Moore

    Biggest Draft Misses: DT Peria Jerry, C Peter Konz

    Draft Trends: Dimitroff has selected seven players in the first round since 2008, and the only position he’s doubled up on is tackle (Sam Baker in 2008, Jake Matthews in 2014). In any case, new head coach Dan Quinn will have his input here in a big way, as Vaughn McClure of explained last month.

Baltimore Ravens: Ozzie Newsome

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    Name/Title: Ozzie Newsome, General Manager and Executive VP

    Team: Baltimore Ravens

    Background: Newsome is a Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end, and some would say he deserves that honor as an executive as well. Following his playing days with the Cleveland Browns, he would be a part of Bill Belichick’s staff and front office with the team. When the franchise relocated to Baltimore and became the Ravens in 1996, Newsome was named vice president of player personnel and the rest is history—which includes a pair of Super Bowl titles.

    Team Record as GM: 168-135-1

    Biggest Draft Hits: T Jonathan Ogden, LB Ray Lewis, OLB Peter Boulware, RB Jamal Lewis, TE Todd Heap, S Ed Reed, OLB Terrell Suggs, T Marshal Yanda, QB Joe Flacco

    Biggest Draft Misses: WR Pat Johnson, QB Chris Redman, QB Kyle Boller, DT Terrence Cody

    Draft Trends: The Ravens have drafted only three players in the first round over the last five years, and all have been on the defensive side of the ball. It’s also worth mentioning that Newsome has selected a total of 19 players in the first round dating back to 1996, and 11 of those performers have been named to at least one Pro Bowl, including inside linebacker C.J. Mosley in 2014.

Buffalo Bills: Doug Whaley

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    Name/Title: Doug Whaley, General Manager

    Team: Buffalo Bills

    Background: Whaley cut his teeth early with the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent 11 seasons as the franchise’s pro scouting coordinator. In 2010, he was named the Bills assistant general manager before being elevated to the top spot in 2013.

    Team Record as GM: 15-17

    Biggest Draft Hits: LB Kiko Alonso, WR Robert Woods, WR Sammy Watkins, LB Preston Brown

    Swing and Miss: QB EJ Manuel

    Draft Trends: Of course, it is indeed far too early to call Manuel a total miss, but it is also safe to say he has not progressed as expected two years into his career. Whaley has shown he’s not afraid to move up and down in the first round, and the Bills don’t have a Day 1 pick on April 30 after trading up to the No. 4 spot last year to draft Watkins.

Carolina Panthers: Dave Gettleman

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    Name/Title: Dave Gettleman, General Manager

    Team: Carolina Panthers

    Background: A veteran of NFL front offices for nearly 30 years, Gettleman worked for the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and New York Giants prior to taking the Panthers GM job in 2013.

    Team Record as GM: 19-12-1

    Biggest Draft Hits: DT Star Lotulelei, DT Kawann Short, WR Kelvin Benjamin

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: Under Gettleman, the Panthers have been big players in the draft so far. Carolina has made just 11 selections the past two seasons, but many have panned out. His two first-round picks to date, Lotulelei and Benjamin, have played very well, while Short was one of the better defensive tackles in the league this past season.

Chicago Bears: Ryan Pace

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    Name/Title: Ryan Pace, General Manager

    Team: Chicago Bears

    Background: Prior to his arrival in the Windy City, Pace spent 14 years with the New Orleans Saints—13 of those in the player personnel department working under general manager Mickey Loomis.

    Team Record as GM: First season with Bears

    Draft Trends: Last year, it was general manager Phil Emery that used the team’s first three picks and four of its five selections on the defensive side of the football. Pace has already added his share of free agents on defense, but in his first draft running the show, will he employ the same strategy as Emery did a year ago?

Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis, Duke Tobin

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    Name/Title: Duke Tobin, Director of Player Personnel

    Team: Cincinnati Bengals

    Background: The Bengals don’t really have an official general manager, as Tobin, head coach Marvin Lewis, team president Paul Brown—as well as others—each have a say. But as Chris Wesseling of explained last July (and reiterated by others), Brown has taken a back seat since 2010 (his brother, Pete, is the team’s senior vice president of player personnel). These days, it has been much more about Tobin and Lewis dating back to the last five drafts (and we will use that as a jumping-off point).

    Team Record as GM: 44-35 since 2010

    Biggest Draft Hits: DT Geno Atkins, WR A.J. Green, QB Andy Dalton

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: The Bengals traditionally stand pat with the picks they get and are not very active when it comes to trades. That philosophy has served them quite well in recent years, and it has resulted in strong draft classes and a franchise-record four consecutive playoff appearances…and counting.

Cleveland Browns: Ray Farmer

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    Name/Title: Ray Farmer, General Manager

    Team: Cleveland Browns

    Background: Prior to becoming the Browns general manager one year ago, Farmer spent seven seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs as their pro personnel director. Prior to that, he was with the Atlanta Falcons for four years as a scout under the guidance of Les Snead and Rich McKay.

    Team Record as GM: 7-9

    Biggest Draft Hits: G Joel Bitonio, RB Terrance West

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: We will get a better idea of Farmer's trends after this year, especially with the Browns having 10 picks as of now—including Nos. 12 and 19 overall. A year ago, he moved up and down in the first round and would settle on cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel, neither of who did much to distinguish themselves on the field.

Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones

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    Name/Title: Jerry Jones, Owner/President/General Manager

    Team: Dallas Cowboys

    Background: Jones purchased the Cowboys in 1989 and has been the centerpiece of the organization ever since. While he’s been far from a one-man show over the years (see head coach Jimmy Johnson’s magical touch from 1989-93 as well as Bill Parcells’ handiwork from 2003-06), he has the title of general manager and it is one of many hats he has worn since purchasing the franchise.

    Team Record as GM: 226-190

    Biggest Draft Hits: QB Troy Aikman, RB Emmitt Smith, G Larry Allen, TE Jason Witten, DE DeMarcus Ware

    Biggest Draft Misses: DE Shante Carver, TE David LaFleur, LB Bobby Carpenter

    Draft Trends: Talk about a grand slam. Since 2010, the Cowboys have drafted five players in the first round and four of them (wide receiver Dez Bryant, tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and guard Zack Martin) have been named to at least one Pro Bowl. Before grabbing Smith in 2010, Dallas had not used a first-round pick on an offensive lineman since 1981.

Denver Broncos: John Elway

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    Name/Title: John Elway, Executive VP of Football Operations/General Manager

    Team: Denver Broncos

    Background: The Pro Football Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion signal-caller is now calling the shots for the team he played 16 seasons for. Elway became the leader of the franchise in 2011 and has had the team in the playoffs each of his first four years on the job.

    Team Record as GM: 46-18

    Biggest Draft Hits: LB Von Miller, TE Julius Thomas, G/T Orlando Franklin

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: Elway has had three first-round picks since taking over in 2011, and all have been used on defense. The last offensive players the team drafted in the first round were wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (22nd overall) and quarterback Tim Tebow (25th overall) in 2010.

Detroit Lions: Martin Mayhew

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    Name/Title: Martin Mayhew, Executive VP of Football Operations/General Manager

    Team: Detroit Lions

    Background: Many remember Mayhew during his playing days with the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Now he begins his 15th season in the Lions front office. Martin has been the team’s top executive since September of 2008, when he replaced then-general manager Matt Millen three games into a season that would end with an 0-16 record (Note: The team’s listed win-loss record under Mayhew begins with the 2009 season.) 

    Team Record as GM: 40-56

    Biggest Draft Hits: QB Matthew Stafford, LB DeAndre Levy, DT Ndamukong Suh

    Biggest Draft Misses: WR Titus Young, WR Ryan Broyles

    Draft Trends: Mayhew has done a good job adding talent through the draft, and it will be interesting to see how recent first-round picks such as defensive end Ziggy Ansah and tight end Eric Ebron progress.

Green Bay Packers: Ted Thompson

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    Name/Title: Ted Thompson, Executive VP/General Manager/Director of Football Operations

    Team: Green Bay Packers

    Background: Where to begin? When it comes to talent evaluating, this is Thompson’s second tour of duty with the Packers, as he's held various titles in player personnel from 1992-99. After spending five seasons as the Seattle Seahawks vice president of football operations, Thompson returned to Green Bay as the team’s general manager, succeeding Mike Sherman (2001-05).

    Team Record as GM: 98-61-1

    Biggest Draft Hits: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Greg Jennings, WR Jordy Nelson, LB Clay Matthews, WR Randall Cobb, RB Eddie Lacy

    Biggest Draft Misses: DT Justin Harrell, QB Brian Brohm, CB Patrick Lee, DE Jerel Worthy

    Draft Trends: Thompson and the Packers rely almost solely on the draft to maintain their roster. When the Green Bay defense fell on hard times in 2011, he used his first six picks in 2012 on defense. A year later, four of his five selections were on the offensive side of the ball.

Houston Texans: Rick Smith

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    Name/Title: Rick Smith, General Manager/Executive VP of Football Operations

    Team: Houston Texans

    Background: Smith was named general manager of the Texans in June of 2006 shortly after Charley Casserly stepped down from the post roughly six weeks after orchestrating the team’s draft that year (which included the likes of Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, Eric Winston and Owen Daniels).

    Prior to his arrival in Houston, Smith worked in the pro personnel department with the Denver Broncos, which he joined after his playing career with the franchise.

    Team Record as GM: 70-74

    Biggest Draft Hits: WR/KR Jacoby Jones, T Duane Brown, LB Brian Cushing, DE J.J. Watt

    Biggest Draft Misses: DT Amobi Okoye, CB Brandon Harris

    Draft Trends: Smith has chosen eight players in the first round dating back to 2007, and six of those have been on defense. That’s nothing new for this franchise, even before Smith’s arrival. The Texans have used 12 of their last 14 first-round picks on the defensive side of the ball—this after selecting quarterback David Carr (2002) and wide receiver Andre Johnson (2003) the first two years, respectively.

Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Grigson

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    Name/Title: Ryan Grigson, General Manager

    Team: Indianapolis Colts

    Background: A sixth-round draft choice by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1995, Grigson’s playing career in both the NFL and later the CFL never amounted to much. A scout with the St. Louis Rams in 1999, he would join the Philadelphia Eagles as a regional scout in 2004. By 2010, he was the team’s director of player personnel before being named the Colts general manager in 2012.

    Team Record as GM: 33-15

    Biggest Draft Hits: QB Andrew Luck, WR T.Y. Hilton, TE Dwayne Allen, TE Coby Fleener

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: In three years of leading the Colts, Grigson has drafted 22 players, with two-thirds of those selections (15) coming on the offensive side of the ball. Last May, he only had five picks at his disposal.

Jacksonville Jaguars: David Caldwell

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    Name/Title: David Caldwell, General Manager

    Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

    Background: Caldwell’s background prior to joining the Jaguars in 2013 saw him spend time with the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons. The five seasons before taking over in Jacksonville, he was the Falcons’ director of college scouting (2008-11) and director of player personnel (2012) under general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

    Team Record as GM: 7-25

    Biggest Draft Hits: No big hits yet

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: In his first draft with the team in 2013, Caldwell used five of his eight selections on defensive backs. A year ago, he used his first four picks to bolster the offense, grabbing quarterback Blake Bortles with the third overall pick and a pair of wide receivers (Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson) in the second round.

Kansas City Chiefs: John Dorsey

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    Name/Title: John Dorsey, General Manager

    Team: Kansas City Chiefs

    Background: First hired by Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf in Green Bay, Dorsey was hired to be the Packers’ director of college scouting for 12 years (2000-11) and then the team’s director of football operations in 2012 before heading to Kansas City in 2013.

    Team Record as GM: 20-12

    Biggest Draft Hits: TE Travis Kelce

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: Dorsey has drafted 14 players in two years, and nine of those players have come on offense. He used his first three selections in 2013 and last four picks in 2014 on that side of the ball. It’s also worth noting that due to trades, the Chiefs have not had a second-round draft choice the last two years.

Miami Dolphins: Dennis Hickey

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    Name/Title: Dennis Hickey, General Manager

    Team: Miami Dolphins

    Background: Hickey spent 18 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being named the Dolphins general manager last year. He was the team’s director of player personnel during his last three seasons with the Bucs.

    Team Record as GM: 8-8

    Biggest Draft Hits: T Ja’Wuan James, WR Jarvis Landry

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: He’s only been at the helm for one year, and in 2014, he used two of his first three selections on offensive line help.

Minnesota Vikings: Rick Spielman

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    Name/Title: Rick Spielman, Executive VP and General Manager

    Team: Minnesota Vikings

    Background: While he’s only had the title of general manager since 2012, Spielman has been with the organization since May of 2006 and has been in the business of directing their drafts since 2007 (which is what the win-loss record below will reflect). Prior to his arrival in the Twin Cities, his work in NFL front offices included tenures with the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins.

    Team Record as GM: 61-66-1

    Biggest Draft Hits: RB Adrian Peterson, TE Kyle Rudolph, T Matt Kalil, S Harrison Smith

    Biggest Draft Misses: S Tyrell Johnson, QB Christian Ponder

    Draft Trends: Spielman has been busy in the first round as of late, selecting seven players on Day 1 since 2012 and at least two players each of the last three years.

New England Patriots: Bill Belichick (Head Coach)

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    Name/Title: Bill Belichick, Head Coach

    Team: New England Patriots

    Background: We all know he runs the show in Foxborough and that his NFL lineage dates back to 1975 as a special assistant with the Baltimore Colts. Belichick was also an assistant with the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos and New York Giants. In 1991, he was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns and was building something there before the franchise moved to Baltimore. His first stint with the Patriots came in 1996, and one year later, he followed Bill Parcells to the New York Jets. He’s been at the controls of the New England Patriots since 2000.

    Team Record as Head Coach: 175-65

    Biggest Draft Hits: QB Tom Brady, DT Richard Seymour, DT Vince Wilfork, G Logan Mankins, DB Devin McCourty, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Julian Edelman

    Biggest Draft Misses: T Adrian Klemm, QB Rohan Davey, WR Chad Jackson, CB Terrence Wheatley

    Draft Trends: In late January, Bill Barnwell of outlined Belichick’s history in the NFL draft. For years, he would trade for future picks, but as of late, he’s been using them and, as usual, is coming up with good players. Belichick has had his problems finding wide receivers in the draft, so nobody’s perfect.

New Orleans Saints: Mickey Loomis

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    Name/Title: Mickey Loomis, Executive VP/General Manager

    Team: New Orleans Saints

    Background: Loomis has been with the Saints since 2000, but at his current position since 2002. Prior to coming to New Orleans, he spent 15 years with the Seattle Seahawks and was the team’s executive vice president from 1992-98.

    Team Record as GM: 115-93

    Biggest Draft Hits: C LeCharles Bentley, G Jahri Evans, WR Marques Colston, TE Jimmy Graham, DE Cameron Jordan, DT Akiem Hicks, S Kenny Vaccaro

    Biggest Draft Misses: DT Johnathan Sullivan, DT Sedrick Ellis, T Charles Brown

    Draft Trends: Due to trades and other issues, the Saints haven’t drafted at least seven players in one year since 2007. However, it’s also worth noting that due to the Graham trade to Seattle, the team will have a pair of first-round draft choices in April.

New York Giants: Jerry Reese

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    Name/Title: Jerry Reese, Senior VP/General Manager

    Team: New York Giants

    Background: A member of the organization since 1994, Reese took over for general manager Ernie Accorsi in 2007 and has been at the helm of a franchise that has won two Super Bowls. He was a member of the Giants’ scouting department in 1994 and would eventually become the team’s director of player personnel in 2002.

    Team Record as GM: 71-57

    Biggest Draft Hits: CB Terrell Thomas, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, WR Odell Beckham Jr.

    Biggest Draft Misses: S Kenny Phillips, LB Clint Sintim, DT Marvin Austin

    Draft Trends: Reese has shown an ability to find good players not only in the draft, but with undrafted performers such as wideout Victor Cruz and tight end Jake Ballard. The Giants have gone offense in the first round three consecutive years.

New York Jets: Mike Maccagnan

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    Name/Title: Mike Maccagnan, General Manager

    Team: New York Jets

    Background: Talk about being all over the world? Maccagnan has worked for the World League of American Football and enjoyed stints with Saskatchewan and Ottawa of the CFL. He spent seven seasons with the Washington Redskins as a college and pro scout before moving onto the Houston Texans, where he was a member of the college scouting department for 15 years.

    Team Record as GM: First season with Jets

    Draft Trends: Having apparently solved their cornerback issues with the free-agent additions of Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine, will Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles go after a quarterback with the sixth overall pick? The franchise hasn’t used a first-round selection on an offensive player since grabbing quarterback Mark Sanchez in 2009.

Oakland Raiders: Reggie McKenzie

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    Name/Title: Reggie McKenzie, General Manager

    Team: Oakland Raiders

    Background: The past three seasons, McKenzie has been the talent evaluator and selector for the Silver and Black. He spent the previous 18 years in the personnel department of the Green Bay Packers.

    Team Record as GM: 11-37

    Biggest Draft Hits: LB Sio Moore, LB Khalil Mack, QB Derek Carr

    Biggest Draft Misses: G Tony Bergstrom, T Menelik Watson

    Draft Trends: In his first year at the helm, McKenzie was without early-round picks due to the trade for quarterback Carson Palmer and the supplemental draft (quarterback Terrelle Pryor). He made six selections in 2012, and three were compensatory picks which could not be dealt. Last year, he scored with Mack and Carr, and we will now start to get an idea of his method of operation.

Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly (Head Coach)

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    Name/Title: Chip Kelly, Head Coach

    Team: Philadelphia Eagles

    Background: This will be first year that Kelly will be in total charge of the draft. Bleacher Report colleague Jason Cole has the skinny on the issue between him and Howie Roseman the last two years.

    Team Record as Head Coach: 20-12

    Biggest Draft Hits: No big hits yet

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: Other than optioning for any player from the University of Oregon, which he has done via trades and free agency this offseason, there’s no real track record when it comes to Kelly’s draft touch.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Colbert

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    Name/Title: Kevin Colbert, General Manager

    Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

    Background: From the Miami Dolphins in the late 1980s to becoming the Detroit Lions’ pro scouting director in 1990 (a job he had for 10 years), Colbert has been at this for quite some time and his impressive track record bears that out. He begins his 16th year in the Steel City, and be it as director of football operations (2000-10) or finally under the official title of general manager (since 2011), he’s handled the draft for the franchise since the start of the century.

    Team Record as GM: 154-85-1

    Biggest Draft Hits: SS Troy Polamalu, QB Ben Roethlisberger, C Maurkice Pouncey, WR Antonio Brown

    Biggest Draft Misses: DE Alonzo Jackson, DE Ziggy Hood, WR Limas Sweed, LB Bruce Davis, T Mike Adams

    Draft Trends: You can usually find the Steelers in the bottom half or third of each round, and Colbert more times than not has done well in the first round. Where he’s had his bad luck at times is the second round, although there’s nothing bad to be said about his pick in 2013 of running back Le’Veon Bell. Like Green Bay, the Steelers are draft dependent and their track record has been solid.

St. Louis Rams: Les Snead

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    Name/Title: Les Snead, General Manager

    Team: St. Louis Rams

    Background: Snead was named the Rams general manager in 2012. Prior to his arrival in the Gateway City, he spent 13 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons personnel department. Snead was also part of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ original front office from 1995-97.

    Team Record as GM: 20-27-1

    Biggest Draft Hits: DT Michael Brockers, LB Alec Ogletree, DT Aaron Donald

    Biggest Draft Misses: RB Isaiah Pead

    Draft Trends: Like Rick Spielman in Minnesota, Snead has been quite busy when it comes to the first round. In 2012, he orchestrated the trade with the Washington Redskins that netted them additional Day 1 picks in 2013 and 2014. The Rams have taken five players in the first round the last three years. They own the 10th overall pick this year, and don’t be surprised if Snead is on the move again.

San Diego Chargers: Tom Telesco

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    Name/Title: Tom Telesco, General Manager

    Team: San Diego Chargers

    Background: Before taking over in San Diego in 2013, Telesco spent 15 years in the front office of the Indianapolis Colts and was the team’s vice president of football operations. Once a training camp intern with the Buffalo Bills—most of that under the guidance of Bill Polian—Telesco would later follow the Pro Football Hall of Fame executive to Carolina before both men made their way to Indianapolis.

    Team Record as GM: 18-14

    Biggest Draft Hits: T D.J. Fluker, WR Keenan Allen

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: Not a lot to go on due to the small track record. For what it’s worth, Telesco has drafted six players each of the last two years, and in each instance, hasn’t doubled up on any one position.

San Francisco 49ers: Trent Baalke

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    Name/Title: Trent Baalke, General Manager

    Team: San Francisco 49ers

    Background: A former collegiate assistant coach, Baalke’s NFL career began as a scout with the New York Jets (1998-2000). He later made his way to Washington and was part of the Redskins scouting department. He would be hired by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, and three years later, was named the franchise’s director of player personnel. He’s been calling the shots on the NFL draft since 2010 after Scot McCloughan left the team.

    Team Record as GM: 50-29-1

    Biggest Draft Hits: G Mike Iupati, LB NaVorro Bowman, LB Aldon Smith, QB Colin Kaepernick

    Biggest Draft Misses: S Taylor Mays, WR A.J. Jenkins

    Draft Trends: Baalke has had his share of hits and misses since 2008. One position he seems to covet drafting is running back, but he’s never selected one in the first round.

Seattle Seahawks: John Schneider

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    Name/Title: John Schneider, Executive VP/General Manager

    Team: Seattle Seahawks

    Background: Schneider began his NFL front-office career as an intern under then-Green Bay Packers executive Ron Wolf.  His travels would eventually take him to Kansas City, Seattle and Washington before he returned to “Titletown.” He returned to the Seahawks in 2010 as the team’s general manager.

    Team Record as GM: 50-30

    Biggest Draft Hits: FS Earl Thomas, WR Golden Tate, SS Kam Chancellor, CB Richard Sherman, LB Bobby Wagner, QB Russell Wilson

    Biggest Draft Misses: G John Moffitt

    Draft Trends: Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have found a way to build a team with an eye on economics as well as talent. They have traded out of the first round the last two years, and due to the trade that got them tight end Jimmy Graham in March, the Seahawks won’t be selecting in the first round (barring another trade) on April 30.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jason Licht

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    Name/Title: Jason Licht, General Manager

    Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Background: The well-traveled executive took over as the Buccaneers general manager just last year. His past front-office stints around the NFL include stops with the Miami Dolphins (where he began his pro career in 1995), Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals.

    Team Record as GM: 2-14

    Biggest Draft Hits: WR Mike Evans

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: It’s just one draft with the Buccaneers, but it is interesting to note that Licht was a little light on defense. All six of Tampa Bay’s selections in 2014 came on the offensive side of the football. And from all indications, the team is about to make it seven straight picks on offense if they grab Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick. Stay tuned. 

Tennessee Titans: Ruston Webster

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    Name/Title: Ruston Webster, Executive VP/General Manager

    Team: Tennessee Titans

    Background: Webster begins his fourth season as Tennessee’s general manager, promoted by the team after being the club’s vice president of player personnel the previous two years. Prior to being hired by the Titans, he was the Seattle Seahawks vice president of player personnel from 2006-09. Before that, Webster spent 18 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1988-2005.

    Team Record as GM: 15-33

    Biggest Draft Hits: DT Jurrell Casey

    Biggest Draft Misses: No big misses yet

    Draft Trends: In each of the last two drafts, Webster has opted to bolster his offensive line in the first round with the addition of guard Chance Warmack and tackle Taylor Lewan, respectively. Back in 2012, he selected wide receiver Kendall Wright with the 20th overall pick. Don’t be shocked if the Titans opt for some much-needed defensive help with the second overall selection on April 30.

Washington Redskins: Scot McCloughan

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    Name/Title: Scot McCloughan, General Manager

    Team: Washington Redskins

    Background: He has certainly made his mark around the NFL since 2000. McCloughan enjoyed two stints with the Seattle Seahawks in different capacities, but his most noted accomplishments came during his days with the San Francisco 49ers, where he was the team’s vice president of football operations and later the club’s general manager for a combined five years from 2005-09. McCloughan’s work with the Niners is reflected in the listed hits and misses.

    Team Record as GM: First season with Redskins

    Biggest Draft Hits (with 49ers): RB Frank Gore, TE Vernon Davis, LB Patrick Willis, T Joe Staley

    Biggest Draft Misses (with 49ers): WR Jason Hill, DT Kentwan Balmer

    Draft Trends: For the first time since 2012, the Redskins have a first-round draft choice. Of course, that’s hardly a shocker for a franchise that has chosen only 25 players in the first round in the 48-year history of the common draft. Meanwhile, McCloughan had a pair of first-round picks when he was with the 49ers in both 2006 and 2007.

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